Halloween Safety in Asheville: Pedestrian Accidents, Costumes, Among the Risks

Halloween is here, and it’s time to get out, dress up and have some fun. Kids get to dress up in all kinds of costumes to go to parties and/or trick-or-treating, and even score lots of goodies. Parents and guardians need to make sure they’re doing their part to ensure a safe Halloween for everyone.
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As children head into neighborhoods for parties and trick-or-treating this year, the Asheville Police Department‘s Traffic Safety Unit will be in residential areas running radar to make sure drivers slow down for kids and their families.

Our Asheville personal injury lawyers understand that children are four times more likely to be hit and killed in a pedestrian-traffic accident on Halloween than during any other night out of the year. To keep kids safe, parents should take this opportunity to remind children of the rules for navigating the streets and sidewalks and take precautions to ensure that their costumed kids will be seen by drivers this Halloween.

Did you know that close to 90 percent of child pedestrian deaths occur at non-intersection locations? Kinds darting out from between parked cars are among those at highest risk.

Safe Walking:

-Cross the street only at intersections and in crosswalks.

-Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

-Put away electronics. You need your full attention on the road and on the traffic around you.

-Walk. Don’t run.

-Avoid crossing through yards. There can be unknown risks, like clotheslines or hoses or other dangerous hazards lurking in the dark.

-Carry a flashlight or wear reflective materials so that others can see you easily.

-Children who are under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without adult supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

-Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.

Costume Safety:

– Purchase or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.

-Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea.

-Try to avoid having your child in a mask. You don’t want to obstruct their vision. If you must, cut out larger eye holes in the mask or consider wearing face paint.

-Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you’re making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material.

-Try to place some reflective tape on all sides of the costume and give your child a flash light. Avoid costumes that are of dark or black colors.

Candy Safety:

-Check candy wrappers. Pinholes, tears, or unusually loose packages can indicate possible tampering.

-Throw out anything that’s unwrapped or homemade, unless you personally know who made it and gave it to you.

-Feed children before heading out to trick-or-treat. You don’t want them to snack on any candy before it’s inspected.

If you or your child has been involved in an accident, contact Grimes Teich Anderson LLP. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid, exclusive of case costs.

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Child Safety and NC School Bus Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 2, 2012.

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